Analysis Of One Flew Over The Cuckoo 's Nest By Ken Kesey Essay

1042 Words Nov 16th, 2015 5 Pages
From the eternal conflict between God and Satan, to the struggles of Winston Smith against Big Brother in 1984, by George Orwell, the battle between good and evil, morally just and unjust, oppressed and oppressor has been a central theme throughout much of mythology and literature. The novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, examines this theme by detailing the war between Nurse Ratched, the head nurse of a psychiatric ward, and recently admitted Randall Patrick McMurphy, a rough and tumbling redheaded gambler, conman, and backroom boxer. McMurphy constantly challenges the authority of Nurse Ratched and the ward, and defiantly rallies the other men to oppose her authority. Exhausted from McMurphy’s behaviour, Nurse Ratched plays her “trump card” and orders a lobotomy be performed on McMurphy. With the surgery performed, Nurse Ratched appears victorious in her battle. The nihilistic outcome of their power struggle, however, implies that there is no victor in a battle between good and evil, or any battle for that matter, instead all that remains are broken-down shells of human beings and the vultures that prey upon the struggles of those fighting and discard their dismal state. The story’s narrator, Chief Bromden, is a schizophrenic man pretending to be a deaf-mute. Though he does not interact with other patients, his sentiments toward both Nurse Ratched and McMurphy are shared universally with the patients of the ward. Nurse Ratched is portrayed as…

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